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Load restrictions going into effect on area highways: In recent days, Idaho has experienced above average temperatures and precipitation which can lead to significant damage to highways, prompting state and local transportation agencies to enforce load restrictions. In an effort to reduce damage to roadways, the Idaho Transportation Department has made the decision to restrict several routes in North Idaho.
Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, February 13
Senators seek to ease National Firearms Act burden: U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) on Tuesday introduced the Stop Harassing Owners of Rifles Today (SHORT) Act, which will remove the taxation, registration and regulation requirements in the National Firearms Act.
Nominations sought for Idaho Teacher of the Year: The State Department of Education is now accepting applications for Idaho’s most prestigious award in teaching, Teacher of the Year. Applications to nominate a teacher are now open. Nominations are due by March 20. The contest is open to public school teachers teaching any subject at any grade level in any part of the state of Idaho.
BNSF grant helps upgrade sheriff's radios: Like most things, communication is important, but in law enforcement it is critical. The Sheriff’s Office started installing trunk repeaters in their patrol vehicles to boost the radio signal from deputies' handheld radios by going through a repeater system in the vehicle, extending the range of what they can receive and transmit.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Coyotes acting strange in Bonner County: Idaho Fish and Game has received multiple reports of highly unusual coyote behavior in and around the city of Sandpoint. In early January, reports were received of coyotes on Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort that were chasing skiers as they navigated down the slopes. Fish and Game staff worked closely with resort staff to develop a plan to dispatch the coyotes in the interest of public safety.
Snow expected overnight: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for snow over North Idaho, in effect from midnight tonight to noon Friday. Up to three inches of snow is expected, and motorists should be prepared for winter driving conditions and slush Friday morning.
Jocy Litterell to pursue lifelong dream in Paris and Africa: Jocelene was born 21 years ago in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Her mother hemorrhaged and passed away eight hours later. Jocy came to be adopted by Josh and Jessie Litterell, and grew up in Moyie Springs. But her home country was never far from her heart.
Jews not the only faithful persecuted during the holocaust: On January 27, the world will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a symbolic date to commemorate the victims of Nazism. Murderous Nazi terror targeted millions for reasons of biology, nationality or political ideology. But few people know that the Nazis’ victims included thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses, who suffered for their Christian faith.
Winter storm advisory issued for Kootenai Cabinet: The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter storm watch for the Kootenai Cabinet Region of northwest Montana, in effect from 1 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Saturday. Flash freezing, heavy snow and windy conditions are expected.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Local man seriously injured in logging accident: Ed Fallon, Bonners Ferry, was helping a friend fell trees last week when one fell on him, inflicting severe injuries. He was flown to Kootenai Medical, Coeur d'Alene, where he underwent surgery for a broken spine, broken leg and several broken ribs. He is now paralyzed from the waist down.
Flags to half staff for Monterey Park shooting victims: As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on January 21, 2023, in Monterey Park, California, President Joe Biden has ordered that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, January 26.
Kaylee McCabe in running to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar: The U.S. Department of Education has announced the candidates for the 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, and an amazing group of high school seniors from Idaho are now in the running to receive this prestigious recognition, including Kaylee McCabe, who graduated from North Idaho College in December with her associate's degree and will graduate Bonners Ferry High School a semester early with a 4.5 grade point average.
IDL gains 3,216 acres of timberland in Boundary County: Idaho Department of Lands announced it purchased almost 18,050 acres of timberland spread across five north Idaho counties. Beyond generating ongoing revenue for endowment beneficiaries, this acquisition keeps working forests working, supports the forest products sector of Idaho’s economy and preserves recreation for the public. This purchase was authorized by the State Board of Land Commissioners in November of 2022.
Opioid settlement funds starting to come in: According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Drug Overdose Prevention Program, in 2021, Idaho experienced 241 deaths related to opioid overdose. Of those deaths, 152 were related to fentanyl overdose. The state also experienced over 5,000 drug overdose visits to emergency departments and over 1,000 of those visits involved opioids. In the Idaho panhandle, 97 overdoses occurred in 2020, increased to 122 in 2021, and rose again to 161 in 2022.
City looks to local option tax to address shortfall: After discussing a range of options to offset a 2017 Idaho Supreme Court decision that declared a funding source the City of Bonners Ferry has relied on since the 1950s unlawful, the city council on Tuesday evening opted to proceed with putting a local option tax before city voters in May. Bonners Ferry, like several other Idaho cities offering utilities for its residents, billed to realize a small profit so as to help pay for other city services.
Brailsford nominated to Idaho U.S. District Court: U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) today announced that Idaho Court of Appeals Judge Amanda K. Brailsford has been nominated to fill the open U.S. District Court judgeship in Idaho. The nomination was secured after negotiations with the White House and upon the advice given by the senators from Idaho.
Man charged with petit theft enters plea agreement: Sam Charles Testa Jr., Bonners Ferry, charged with four counts of petit theft November 21 for four alleged shoplifting incidents at Super 1 Foods in Bonners Ferry between October 24 and November 1, entered into a plea agreement and was sentenced to community service and ordered to pay restitution.
Boundary County Commission minutes, week of January 2
First day to file taxes is Monday: The Idaho State Tax Commission starts processing 2022 Idaho individual income tax returns on Monday, January 23. The Internal Revenue Service begins processing federal returns the same day.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
What’s in a name? May 3, 1963. 700 Black children marched peacefully in Birmingham, Alabama to protest racial segregation and were met with police brutality that shocked the country and the world. Public outrage was a catalyst that spurred major steps for civil rights. June 11, 1963. President John F. Kennedy proposed a Civil Rights Act in a nationally televised address at the urging of the civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. Five months later, President Kennedy was assassinated while the bill was stalled in Congress.
Slots open for National Youth Science Camp: Applications are now being accepted from high school juniors and seniors in the classes of 2023 and 2024 to represent Idaho at the 2023 National Youth Science Camp. Two students from each state, Washington D.C. and select countries will attend the all-expenses-paid program, held from June 19 – July 12. Hosted since 1963 in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, the NYS Camp is a residential science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics program.
Events & Entertainment
Birds of Play to play the Pearl Theater: The Pearl Theater is thrilled to host Colorado-based Birds of Play for the first time at 7 p.m. Sunday, February 19. With a dynamic mix of sentimentality and playfulness, Birds of Play's original music will take you‪ on a joyous journey filled with tales of love lost and found, ballads of wild places, and the radical idea that being happy for no reason at all is reason enough.
Graham Nash to perform at the Panida: Legendary singer/songwriter Graham Nash will perform 60 years of songs and stories at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint at 8 p.m. Friday, July 7. A founding member of both the Hollies and Crosby, Stills and Nash, he is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who has seen rock history unfold at some of its seminal moments – from the launch of the British Invasion to the birth of the Laurel Canyon movement a year later.
NIC holding auditions for 'I Hate Hamlet:' The North Idaho College Theatre department is holding auditions for its production of “I Hate Hamlet” from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 24 and Wednesday, January 25, at the Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center on NIC’s main campus in Coeur d’Alene. Auditions are open to students, staff, faculty and the community.
Casting call for 'The Play that Goes Wrong:' Bonners Ferry's Curtain Call Drama Club will perform "The Play that Goes Wrong" in March, and they are looking for boys ages 14 to 20 interested in joining the cast. Sponsored by the Bonners Ferry Shriners Club, Second Chance Animal Adoption and Dawn and David Carpenter, all proceeds benefit the Shriners Children's Hospital.
Business
County P&Z to hear two conditional use applications: The Boundary County Planning and Zoning Commission will hear and accept comment on conditional use permit applications seeking to establish a business retreat on McArthur Lake Road and a wood products manufacturing plant off Enterprise Way when they meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 26, at the Boundary County Annex, 6566 Main Street, Bonners Ferry.
Koon, Hazdovac swap seats on BCH Board: Eldon Koon has stepped down as chairman of the Boundary Community Hospital Board of Trustees and has been appointed vice chair, and vice chair Paul Hazdovac has stepped up to become the new board chairman.
Idaho Apprenticeship Week just ahead: November 14-20 is National Apprenticeship Week and marks the celebration of a proven and time-honored career pathway. Right now, 236 Idaho businesses sponsor apprenticeships, with more than 1,800 participating Idahoans getting paid on the job. Like many Americans, Idahoans have seen sharp increases in housing costs while the consumer price index has risen 8.2-percent in just one year. Facing these circumstances, Idaho’s workforce needs competitive job opportunities now more than ever, and the state’s employers need the labor.
The Catnip Getaway caters to kitty comfort: After 12 years as a licensed veterinary tech at Bonners Ferry Veterinary Clinic, Julie Rosengrant, a life-long cat lover, made a dream come true this summer, and she's now splitting her time between the clinic, where she works three mornings a week, and the new business she opened this summer, The Catnip Getaway, a boarding facility dedicated to the comfort and pampering of her feline guests.
Social
12 local students on U of I Dean's List: A total of 2,787 students qualified for the Dean’s List for the University of Idaho's Fall 2022 semester, including 12 from Boundary County. The semester ended December 16. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA on a minimum of 12 graded credits during the semester.
Celebrating a Bonners Ferry gem ...
GROW! community gardeners feted Marciavee Cossette at the annual GROW membership meeting and potluck Thursday. As a long-time GROW! board member and all-around volunteer at the community garden as well as so many other organizations in town, Marciavee was presented with a dozen red roses! She thanked GROW! and praised the town of Bonners Ferry for being such a friendly, welcoming town in which to volunteer.
Weerts earns scholastic honors at WSU: Allie Nicole Weerts, a 2020 graduate of Bonners Ferry High School, was named to the fall 2022 President's List at Washington State University for maintaining a grade point average of 3.75 or above.
NIC literary magazine seeks submissions: The Trestle Creek Review is looking for submissions for its upcoming issue. Submissions are open to the public and may include essays, short stories, poetry, black-and-white visual art and other literary works. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, January 31. 
Two county students earn University of Montana honors: Edie Callison, Bonners Ferry, earned President's list honors at the University of Montana with a 4.0 grade point average, and Mary Pluid, Moyie Springs, earned Dean's list honors. 
Sports/Outdoors
Two weeks of Tuesday's Trouble: Elaine Wheeler took it all in week 16 of Tuesday’s Trouble ladies league bowling; high scratch game 201, high scratch series 463, high handicap game 264 and high handicap series 652. Regina Colby got second high scratch game 170, second high scratch series 426, second high handicap game 237 and third high handicap series 633.
KV Rifle & Pistol Club indoor season underway: The Kootenai Valley Rifle and Pistol Club and Junior Rifle Club’s indoor competitive shooting seasons are underway! The clubs compete in area matches and with more distant clubs through a tournament where scores shot on our home range are compiled via email. The Junior Rifle Club is active in promoting marksmanship, competitive target shooting and safe gun handling.
Smallmouth bass state record falls once more: It was a typical cold, December day in central Idaho with rain down low and snow in the mountains. While many anglers might have been thinking about ice-fishing, winter steelhead or even putting a fresh coat of wax on their skis and hitting the slopes, Joey Walton had other plans: big smallmouth bass. Knowing he had to make the long run across the reservoir, he set out early in search of a trophy. 
Second year for Kootenai River Angler Science Program: For some, winter is a time to hibernate in the comfort of a warm home, enjoying a hot drink by a crackling fire. For others, winter offers a unique opportunity to try their hand at landing the native and once rare burbot in the Kootenai River. Referred to by some as the Kootenai leopard or ling cod, burbot in the Kootenai River are once again being pursued by anglers.
Why you shouldn't feed backyard deer: The hardship of winter motivates some well-meaning people to set out food for deer. The truth is, they’re wild animals adapted to winter, and feeding them can quickly create a variety of problems significantly affecting their health and survival. Despite good intentions, supplemental feeding of deer often harms them, frequently resulting in their death.
Letters
I'm just down the street: A dear friend sent me a beautiful photo and a few lines of explanation regarding an amazing and inspirational Boundary County neighbor and volunteer, Marciavee Cossette, honored at the recent annual meeting of our local GROW! Boundary County Community Garden organization. And she thanked me for publishing. That she felt the need broke my heart. By Mike Weland
The truth about the M&O: What is the truth about the proposed M&O Levy and our property taxes? After seeing social media light up and hearing some dire predictions, I decided to dig for the truth. Here’s what I found out. By Mary Ollie
Why do commissioners support 2030 Agenda? Let's talk about the goals of the 2030 Agenda, which Boundary County Commissioners Tim Bertling and Wally Cossairt support, one item at a time and see if they are achievable. One goal is to end poverty. What a lofty goal and who could be opposed to that? The question is: How could it be accomplished by government at any level? By Bob Vickaryous
Herndon rockets off to the start many feared: While most people would give at least a little time for familiarization when starting a new job, Idaho Senator Scott Herndon, R-Sagle, is having no part of it, shooting off like a pop bottle rocket from the moment the 2023 legislative session opened January 9 and careening crazily ever since, with no sign yet of graciously sputtering out. By Mike Weland
Election over, but no time for complacency: I'm hoping I'm wrong, but some elected people only represent one side of the coin, and possibly don't want to consider those who might have a different side of the coin. I do not believe that any of us are bona fide type cast. Depending on what the issue is, we fall all over the political spectrum. By Dora Vandenberg
Obituaries
Starla Ann Jasper died January 26, 2023, at the Community Restorium in Bonners Ferry with her family by her side. Starla was born on November 22, 1956, in Spokane, the daughter of Leslie and Alice Clark Stiles.
Channing “Chan” Eugene Nagel passed away Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Boundary Community Hospital in Bonners Ferry. No services are scheduled at this time. Chan was born April 11, 1943, in Bonners Ferry to Shirleigh Ione (Peterson) Nagel and Eugene Channing Nagel. Chan grew up in Boundary County, spending time with his grandparents and countless hours fishing the Kootenai River with his uncles, Pete and Jerry Peterson.
Vondee Drumm, 82, a resident of Bonners Ferry, sadly passed away on December 23, 2022. She was born in Sacramento, California, on November 13, 1940. Vondee’s funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 3, at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, California, with a celebration of her life to follow.
Blanche Antoinette (Larson) Studer passed away January 15, 2023, in Bonners Ferry. A memorial service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, January 28, at the United Methodist Church, 6568 Lincoln Street, Bonners Ferry, with a reception following.
Daniel Joseph Meddock, 78, kind and loving husband, family man and loyal friend passed away peacefully September 12, 2022, in Salem, Oregon, from multiple myeloma cancer. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 23, in Bonners Ferry at the Becker Auditorium.

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